Franz Ferdinand Drummer Paul Thomson Leaves Band

Drummer and producer Audrey Tait will now keep time for the Scottish outfit
Franz Ferdinand Drummer Paul Thomson Leaves Band
Franz Ferdinand have announced that drummer Paul Thomson will exit the band after nearly 20 years behind the kit, simultaneously revealing Glasgow-based drummer and producer Audrey Tait as their new timekeeper.

The band made the announcement on social media — complete with a photo of a symbolic pass of the drumsticks between Thomson and Tait — writing, "Paul is leaving the band. It was a bit of a shocker for us when we found out, so it probably will be for some of you too. Paul has been our friend for over twenty five years & we're looking forward to at least another twenty five. He's a funny, smart, sensitive guy."

"Not a bad drummer either. You don't spend 20 years touring the world with someone without them becoming like family and that isn't going to change anytime soon," the band continued. "We're glad we shared those adventures and experiences together and look forward to hearing what he gets up to next."

"Many of you in Glasgow will already know what an incredible musician Audrey Tait is and we're thrilled to have her join us. It feels totally natural playing with her and she's a great laugh," Franz Ferdinand shared of their newest member. "It has been electrifying being in the studio together and we can't wait to play live for you all."

In a respective statement, Thomson wrote, "After nearly 20 years the time has come for this boy to step aside. I never imagined in 2002 that life would have all of this in store. It's been like a dream and I'm still processing. I want to thank each of you that bought a record, came to a concert and shared all these experiences with me. I will never forget it. Franz Ferdinand was, is, and always will be family and a huge part of me. My words and smile are so easy now. Love, Paul."

Thomson's drumming and backing vocals appeared on all five of Franz Ferdinand's studio albums, the most of recent of which is 2018's Always Ascending. Thomson also kept time as a member of FFS, the band's collaborative supergroup with Sparks.

Tait has recorded and toured with Scottish hip-hop band Hector Bizerk, folk/rock duo the Miss's, and the Girl Who Cried Wolf with singer/guitarist Lauren Gilmour. Tait and Gilmour also operate NovaSound Studio, the only female-run recording facility in Scotland.

Original Franz Ferdinand guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Nick McCarthy left the band in 2016.